I am really concerned and wondering if someone can share their expertise or experiences.
At around 6 months I starting giving my daughter multivitamins with Iron because she is exclusively breastfed. Since that time she has had black stools. So about 2 weeks ago I started giving her half the dose, but her stools were still black.
I was cautioned that black tarry stools could mean bleeding in the upper GI tract, but since the black stools started right when I gave her the iron I am amost positive it is that.
She only goes poop around once a week (she has always been this way). I took her off the vitamins completely about 5 days ago and she has had 2 poops that are still black (but very small poops).
Any idea how long the iron can stay in her for? How long do I wait to see if her poop goes back to normal when she only poops once a week?
(PS I am out of the country right now so we are not totally covered for healthcare and I dont want to take her in if it's just the iron and will resolve on its own...is there any sort of over the counter test I can do?)